The Hawk: November 3, 2017

November 2, 2017 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending November 3, 2017

It is an exciting time for the IACS Wellness Department as we continue to deepen our focus, enhance our programming and strengthen our impact.

As part of our mission to bring more wellness opportunities to our school community, we have recently started to offer early morning yoga classes for high school students and after school classes for all staff. This is in addition to the student yoga classes we offer during the school day. The student yoga class is held before school on Tuesdays and is run by Mr. Thornton, one of our High School Wellness teachers. Mr. Thornton has designed the class to purposefully stretch the entire body, getting students moving in a relaxed way, in an effort to support academic engagement throughout the day. Students who have taken part in the classes have already reported that they feel more awake in their first period class and more energized throughout the day.

Kim Albert, part of our business office team , recently obtained her 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification! Kim is now offering free, beginner friendly, classes for staff on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Each class begins with centering activities, allowing time for staff to transition out of their work day mode into a state of mindful movement. Kim states that on many days class starts with bouts of laughter; another healing modality at work! Heather Landis, IACS librarian and yoga class participant, shares the following sentiment , "I am so grateful for the Yoga classes that Kim has given us. While it sometimes takes a little while to switch gears after a busy day, I always leave the class feeling more relaxed and centered. "

More relaxed and centered students and staff… this has to be a good thing,

we are sure of it!

Be well,

The Wellness Department

Important Dates

November 4 SAT Exam 7:45am

November 5 High School Open House for Prospective Students 1:00 – 3:00

November 7 High School Picture Re-take Day

November 8 Full Day Wednesday

IACA Meeting 7:00 – 8:30 pm

November 10 No School Veteran’s Day

November 14 High School Innovation Morning for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30am

November 15 Early Release Wednesday

November 16 IACS Production of “School of Rock” 7:00 – 9:30 pm

November 17 IACS Production of “School of Rock” 7:00 – 9:30 pm

November 18 IACS Production of “School of Rock” 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

November 20 Middle School Fall Athletics Awards Night 6:00 – 8:00 pm

IACS Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 9:00 pm

November 21 High School Fall Athletics Awards Night 6:00 – 8:00 pm

November 22 Early Release Wednesday

November 23 No School Thanksgiving

November 24 No School Thanksgiving Recess

All School News

School Closing Texts

IACS School Messenger System: This year IACS will use our school messenger to send texts for weather related closings/delays. To receive texts, two things must occur:

1) The first two "Contacts" listed for students in X2 must be correct, as X2 sends School Messenger in a daily report with updates.

2) You must "Opt In" to the system. Text "Y" or "Yes" to the number: 67587. You may opt out of this system by replying "STOP" to any text sent by the school.

Looking for a spot on the Christianson Bus? There is space for one more student on Bus #1, which makes stops at Route 129 Plaza (at 258 Salem St, in Billerica) and the Stadium Plaza (Rt 38 on the Lowell /Tewksbury line). If you are interested, please contact Transportation Manager, Marybeth Bush:

High School Open House: It’s that time of year again. The high school will be hosting its first Open House of the year on Sunday, November 5th, from 1 pm – 3pm. Please keep in mind two points:

  • Students and families who currently attend our middle school are certainly welcome and will definitely learn new information about ways in which our high school program differs from our middle school.

  • Word of mouth is key! While we advertise in several area newspapers, please share this events with friends and neighbors who are looking for an outstanding option for high school.

  • Amiguitos:

    Do you have a child in 3rd-5th grade who would like to learn Spanish? Join our "Amiguitos" Spanish class, running for 6 weeks on Tuesdays starting November 7th at 4:15! Register before November 3rd. See flyer for details.

    IACS School Nutrition Program:The November Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. This month’s menu features Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich, Chicken Fajita, Steak & Cheese Sub, homemade soup and much more. Monday’s are meatless and we offer gluten-free and vegetarian options daily. To better serve IACS families, an innovative point of sale (POS) system, specifically designed for school nutrition programs, is available to all families. To create an account or to add funds to an existing account go to our website: IACS School Nutrition Program. We also accept cash and checks at the register as well. Contact Karen Drake if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

    Lost and Found Bins Overflowing Our lost and found bins are overflowing. We’ll be cleaning them out and donating the items to local charities on 11/6. Please ask your student to look through them or come by school if you are missing items.

    Athletics News


    This year, in partnership with SJA and the EAA, IACS is pleased to offer students the chance to try out the sport of archery! This is an introductory opportunity for all interested middle school students. The sessions will run at St. Rita’s Parish Hall in Lowell on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6 pm beginning January 4th and ending March 15th. Weeks 1 through 3 will consist of archery lessons and instruction, weeks 4-8 will consist of competitions and weeks 9-10 will be a tournament between the different teams.

    Sessions will be taught and supervised by certified archery instructors and all equipment will be provided for athletes. As this is a shortened season and the team will only meet once per week, the Athletic Department is offering a discounted rate of $80 for participation.

    Unfortunately, athletes cannot participate in this program while doing another IACS winter sport. If you are interested in joining the IACS archery team, please send the Athletic Department an email at We are hopeful that we will be able to field a team this winter in this exciting new sport!"

    HS Swim Team
    High School Families, there is a possibility of a high school swim team co-op this winter if there is enough interest by IACS students. Please have your students check their student email and respond to if they have interest.

    Theatre News


    Our amazing kids will perform in NYC on December 12 at the Davenport Theater in NEW YORK CITY! So exciting! Rhonda has e-mailed the cast and chaperones regarding trip information- check your e-mail! Children of Eden video clip

    School of Rock! Nov 16, 17, and 18: (Rated PG.)

    Our kids have been working hard to put on an AMAZING show! Don’t have tickets? It’s not too late- tickets are on sale for $20 through November 10 and $22 at the door.

    Ticket order form here!

    Like us on Facebook! Did you know that we have a theater Facebook page? Find us at Innovation Academy Performing Arts to see news, photos and videos of our IACS "rock stars!"

    Next up: Gilligan’s Island- The Musical!

    Calling all CAST-aways! Our winter production is Gilligan’s Island- The Musical! Don’t know who Gilligan is? Just ask your parents!

    Seriously, though- you don’t have to know anything about the popular TV show to have a blast with friends and family in our winter musical!

    Middle and High school students are invited to audition on Thursday, November 30th from 3:00pm-5:30pm. If middle school students cannot stay for the entire audition time it’s ok! All you need is a signed agreement form. No experience necessary- just come and prepare to have fun!

    The Middle School cast will have rehearsals on Wednesday half days, 12:30-3:00. Half the time will be spent in Drama Workshop with fun games and activities, and the other half will be spent in rehearsal! Students may also choose to spend the entire time in Drama Workshop by simply emailing rhawthorne@innovationcharter. org.

    Middle School News

    After School Art Winter Session Tuesday or Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30

    Starts Tuesday, November 28 or Thursday, November 30.

    This 8 week open studio session is designed to give students access to a wide variety of materials and tools in the art room in order to create work of their choosing. Available media include drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed-media sculpture, collage, book making, paper mache, stop motion animation and more! There is a $60 fee for this program. Please fill out the registration form and submit payment by Friday, November 17. You can now submit your payment online!

    Questions about the program or to inquire about a scholarship, please email

    Recruiting Parent Volunteers for Extracurriculars

    We are looking to recruit parent volunteers to act as a team manager for Destination Imagination as well as a parent to run a Chess Club or Board Game club after school. If you are interested in either of these, please contact MS Principal, Melissa Kapeckas.

    Student Pick-Up

    Students should be picked up promptly at dismissal or after their extracurricular activity. Extra help sessions should be arranged with teachers 48 hours in advance. Recently, we have seen an uptick of middle school students that are unsupervised on campus after hours, resulting in a safety concern.

    High School News

    Upcoming Dates

    11/5 Open House 1-3pm for prospective 8th graders and their families

    12/19 Exhibition Night

    HS Open House Schedule for November 5th

    1:00-1:05 Receive Information and Report to the Auditorium

    1:05-1:15 Welcoming Remarks with Mr. Orpen & Dr. Arnold

    1:15-2:40 Rotate between three rooms for 25 minutes each: HS Students, Faculty, Current Parents

    2:40-3:00 Final Q & A with Dr. Arnold in Rm 153

    November Seniors of the Month

    Congratulations to seniors Alyx Dunn and Sarah Yoken for being recognized as Seniors of the Month for November. Alyx was recognized for her kind and understanding demeanor, for being a great math tutor, and for her dedication to extracurriculars and sports. Sarah was recognized for going above and beyond what is expected, for being a great community member, and for very likely becoming the first female president some day (we all hope we don’t have to wait that long Sarah!).

    John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipients

    STUDENT HEALTH 101 – our Online Wellness Magazine

    The November issue of Student Health 101 is here! From in-the-moment mindfulness tricks, real facts about vaping, or useful tips for getting your priorities straight, Student Health 101 has something for everyone. If you’re looking for even more ways to access this wonderful tool download the Student Health 101 app, and take a look at the official IACS SH101 Twitter page! Just search @SH101atIACS within the Twitter app, tap that follow button, and be sure to turn on those post notifications to receive alerts about future articles!

    For parents, there is a Student Health 101 experience designed specifically for you at .


    High school yearbooks are now on sale! Yearbook order forms were handed out during Advisory this week, and extras are available outside of Mrs. Kelly’s office. The early bird deadline to purchase a yearbook for $30 is December 22. After December 22, the price will go up from to $35. Order forms can be turned in at the main office. Orders can also be placed online at

    Families of Seniors: Please read the email that was sent out last week for information on senior portraits, baby photos, and parent pages. They should be sent to by January 5, 2018.

    Lecture Hall Live Recap 10/31/17

    LHL, hosted by Emily Lyons & Isaac Richman, featured a number of great acts on Halloween. It began with a performance of “The Raven” by Nathan Smith, Alexandra Pace, and Eva Richards on piano. Also featured were Improv Choice Block, Dance Unlimited, and a creepy short film by Devin West

    Did you miss the Ice Cream Social or Open House?

    If so you missed out on picking up our new magnet.

    It has a school calendar with all of the early release days highlighted for you. There’s a list of our important dates such as MCAS and prom too!

    Contact Crystal McKiel,, to have one sent home to you.

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    IACA News

    $3000+ FROM YANKEE SALES! Thank YOU!!! YOU helped raise over $3000 for our school, and sales are still coming in! That’s right, online sales continue through January, and THIS WEEKEND ONLY, Yankee is giving back! Use this link and group number and get FREE SHIPPING now through Sunday with your $40 order! check it out! http://www. store.htm and group # 990035230

    POTLUCK AND CONVERSATION: Hope you can join us for dinner and the next meeting of IACA, this Wednesday, November 8 in the library. Potluck starts at 6, and meeting at 7!

    VOLUNTEERS! The kids had a great time this Halloween weekend, thanks to the many volunteers who made the 5/6 and 7/8 dances happen this past weekend! We couldn’t do it without you!

    GIFT CARDS! Just in time for the holidays! We are so excited to be bringing the Scrips program to IACS! Beginning in November through the beginning of December, you can order gift cards for yourself, family and friends, teachers AND help support your school! HUNDREDS of gift cards and participating vendors are available.

    How it works: Order a vendor (restaurant, stores, music, movies, health and beauty) gift card through Scrips, and every card you purchase has a rebate % that is returned to our school. For example, 13% of your 99’s Restaurant gift card will be returned back to IACS! (Remember that next month when we have our Dining for a Cause at the 99’s and you’ve made TWO donations with one purchase!)

    Ordering by paper (download your order form, below): Choose from gift cards on your order form and place your order by every Friday before noon, now until December 8th. Paper order forms can be dropped off at the Main Office with a check payable to IACA (please include "Scrips" in the memo) along with an additional $1.00 to help with shipping and handling. Your gift cards will be distributed the following THURSDAY at a table set up at school — more details to follow.

    Ordering cards online: If you order your cards online at, your orders are ALSO due every Friday before noon. Online orders will have the option of choosing a plastic gift card (standard) OR an e-card. Some denominations are only available through e-card so please review your options carefully. Online orders also have an option of paying with a check or paying with a credit card. Instructions will be posted on the IACA website by this weekend.

    You must set up a family account online, even if you are ordering via paper. Go to click on "Join a Scrip Program", and use the enrollment code B48FBF3B1586L. This ensures that your purchases benefit Innovation Academy. Scrips also has a customer support line at 1-800-727-4715, option 3, if you have questions regarding your online setup and purchases.

    For all other order-related questions, please contact Bernadette Baird at Thank you!

    SEE YOU NEXT WEEK AT OWEN AND OLLIES! Come to Owen and Ollie’s in Dracut on November 14 for our next Dining for a Cause event! Serving Irish and American pub fare, this family-owned restaurant is a great place to get together with friends and family. Remember to print and bring your coupon. To see their dinner menu and beer/wine selections, click here.

    MONDAYS are BROTHER’S PIZZA DAYS: Ordering lunch out on a Monday? Call Brother’s Pizza next door to Innovation Academy! They’ll donate 9% of your order back to the school. Be sure to mention Innovation Academy when you place your order. Dine in or dine out orders apply.